Meet the Staff

Our team of dental professionals is highly trained and experienced. But at the Smile Gallery we provide more than just our knowledge and experience, we handle your visit with a smile and lots of laughs. You would be hard pressed to find a happier dental staff anywhere in San Diego County. Stop by to meet one of our friendly staff members.

smile gallery team

Our Promise to You

The Smile Gallery practices the Art of Fine Dentistry. We work to ensure our patients have the most relaxed and comfortable experience possible. Our individualized patient attention means you receive the best care possible. Our friendly staff is ready to greet you warmly, set you at ease, and create a level of comfort and customer service rarely seen in the dental industry.

We understand patients who have dental anxiety and have been working for years to provide the safe, comfortable environment that makes you want to see your Escondido dentist a few times a year or anytime your teeth need dental services.

Smile Gallery Staff Members

Renee – Practice Administrator

Renee pitches on a women’s competitive softball team and loves yoga. Her family owns a restaurant in San Diego that keeps her busy. She is also a balloon handler for Macy’s parade in New York every year. Renee’s son and daughter-in-law live in Idaho and she is anxious to become a “GiGi” in the next couple of years.

Renee has been at The Smile Gallery since 2006. She brings a spark of enthusiasm and almost 40 years of dental experience. As a dental assistant in her early years, she gained knowledge of the clinical side. Renee will help you maximize your dental insurance benefits, facilitate any referrals you may need with a specialist and help you navigate your dental needs.

 

Leah – Registered Dental Hygienist

Outside of the office, Leah enjoys traveling and staying active. She is a mom to her daughter, Ella, and has a husband in the Navy. Leah was born and raised in Wisconsin, and has brought her Midwestern work ethic and manners to the West Coast. Leah enjoys eating Mexican street food and anything chocolate. Despite being a hygienist, she has a pretty big sweet tooth!

Leah chose her career as a dental hygienist because she loves smiling, helping people improve their smiles and overall health.  Leah studied dental hygiene at Southwestern College in San Diego, she has also undergone advanced training in Laser Dentistry and Invisalign.  Leah is our resident expert on gum health and the complete body connection. 

 

Bailey – Registered Dental Assistant

When not in the office, Bailey enjoys spending time with her dog, Dixon, and visiting local micro-breweries with her boyfriend.

Bailey earned her Dental Assistant license at Palomar College in 2014 and joined our team shortly after in 2015. Her bright personality and infectious smile makes every day fun! She has become an expert at our Cerec crown milling machine and loves the creativity it provides. Bailey’s upbeat personality makes each appointment enjoyable and puts you at ease.

 

John – Dental Assistant

John is a food and wine connoisseur and enjoys trying new places with his wife and son. He is also an avid runner and outdoorsman. Traveling is a big part of John’s life and he loves any opportunity to see the world. John is also fluent in Spanish and enjoys connecting with our Spanish speaking patients.

John has been in the dental field for 21 years. He is an expert on the Cerec crown machine and provides valuable insight for all types of crown restorations. His genuine care for patients and calm demeanor puts you at ease from the moment you walk in.  John’s commitment to quality dentistry makes him the perfect addition to our team.  

Rachael – Registered Dental Hygienist

Rachael is a local of Escondido and enjoys spending time with her husband and dog. She is an avid camper and loves being outdoors. Rachael and her husband and excited to welcome their first child in March of 2021!

Rachael started her dental career in 2008 as a dental assistant. Over the years she learned she had a passion for hygiene and went back to school to earn her Registered Dental Hygienist license. Her former fear of dentistry has help her create a peaceful environment and an enhanced chairside manner. Rachael is an expert on patient education and informing patients on the benefits of a healthy mouth.

 

Sara – Patient Coordinator

In her free time, Sara enjoys going out with her friends, spending time with family, and being creative. She also loves teaching elementary school-age children at her church in Poway.

Sara completed her dental assistant training at UEI College in 2017 and quickly learned of her passion for the front office. She is likely the first voice you will hear when calling in and always has a smile on her face. Sara is eager to help you facilitate any dental needs and looks forward to helping you with your appointments and answering any questions you may have regarding your dental care.

 

Gianna – Registered Dental Hygienist

Gianna has been married for 12 years and they have a daughter, Alexandra, who has been the light of their life since she was born in 2019! Gianna enjoys working out, spending time with family and traveling!

Gianna was born and raised in Fresno, California. Her interest in the dental field came from her mother, Gena, who has been a hygienist for over 40 years. Gianna attended Loma Linda University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene in 2007. She loves her profession and has been told by many patients that she is “gentle yet thorough” which she strives to do. Gianna is a member of the Western Society of Periodontology and is laser certified. 

 

Corinna – Registered Dental Hygienist

Corinna and her husband live in Temecula where they raise their two children. In their free time they enjoy spending time with their families, trying new restaurants, exploring the Temecula wineries and playing volleyball or golfing with the kids. She and her husband are thrilled to be adding a new baby boy to their family in the spring of 2021!

Corinna is the newest member of our Smile Gallery family and a perfect addition to our team. She started her career as a dental assistant in 2010 after graduating from Kaplan College of San Diego. After 9 years of assisting, her love for dentistry encouraged her to further her education and attain her Dental Hygiene degree. Corinna loves being a hygienist and helping patients truly love their smile.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Scheduling a regular visit with our staff is an important part of preventive health care. Professional cleanings coupled with regular at home maintenance will keep your teeth healthy for longer. Our dental staff make sure you are comfortable and well cared for during your visit. Reach out to us today to schedule your next visit.